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Mayo Clinic Librarians Present at MLA 2017

The Mayo Clinic Libraries were well represented at the 117th Annual Medical Library Association meeting in Seattle, Washington this year.  Many staff attended, and several presented posters.


Tara Brigham presenting at MLA 2017

Tara J Brigham, MLIS, presented

Coloring Your ʺArtʺ Out: Outcomes of Offering Coloring Materials in Targeted Hospital Staff Areas

The complete is poster available as a PDF.






Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP,  and Diana Almader-Douglas, MA-LIS,  presented:

Dreaming to Extend Services, Daring to Expand Our Roles:
Embedded Librarians on a Nursing Research Subcommittee

The complete poster is available as a PDF.

Lisa Marks and Diana Almader-Douglas presenting at MLA 2017


Ellen Aaronson, MLS, AHIP, and Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP presented:

Dreaming to Learn the Socious Platform, HLS Dares to Follow EMTS

The complete poster is available as a PDF.

Ellen Aaronson and Lisa Marks presenting at MLA 2017




Sydni Abrahamsen, MA-LIS, AHIP presented:
Paraprofessional to Professional: Dreaming, Daring, Doing

The complete poster is available as a PDF.

Sydni Abrahamsen presenting at MLA 2017


Congratulations and thank you to these staff for sharing their research.

June 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

MLA Oral History Project features J. Michael Homan, Director Emeritus of the Mayo Clinic Libraries

J. Michael Homan

The Medical Library Association has an extensive Oral History Project, featuring interviews with influential people in the field of medical librarianship. J. Michael Homan, AHIP, FMLA, Director Emeritus of the Mayo Clinic Libraries, was interviewed by Rick B. Forsman, FMLA in late 2015, and the completed transcript of the interview is now available for download. A summary of highlights is also available at the MLA’s website. Homan served as Director of Libraries at the Mayo Clinic from 1994 until he retired in 2014.


March 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

Recent publications and scholarly activity by Mayo Clinic Libraries staff

Mayo Clinic Libraries staff frequently publish in both the library and medical literature.  Some of the publications library staff were involved in the last 6 months are listed below. Library staff names are noted in bold text. To see more publications by library staff, visit the Mayo Authors Database.

Publications Primarily Authored By Library Staff

Brigham, TJ. Feast for the Eyes: An Introduction to Data Visualization. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(2), 215–23.

Hoy, MB. Smart Buildings: An Introduction to the Library of the Future. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(3), 626-31.

Lisa A. Marks, Diana Almader-Douglas, and Diana Rogers. Drop-in Fridays: Literature Searching for All. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 16(4), 1–6. (IN PRESS).

Publications with Library Staff Credited as Authors

Altarabsheh SE, Deo SV, Dunlay SM, Obeidat YM, Erwin PJ, Rababa’h A, Sarabhu N, Navale S, Cho YH, Lamba HK, Markowitz AH, Park SJ. Tissue valves are preferable for patients with end-stage renal disease: an aggregate meta-analysis. Journal of Cardiac Surgery.  2016 Jul 8.

Asi N, Mohammed K, Haydour Q, Gionfriddo MR, Vargas OL, Prokop LJ, Faubion SS, Murad MH. Progesterone vs. synthetic progestins and the risk of breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2016 Jul 26;5(1):121.

Bellolio MF, Puls HA, Anderson JL, Gilani WI, Murad MH, Barrionuevo P, Erwin PJ, Wang Z, Hess EP. Incidence of adverse events in paediatric procedural sedation in the emergency department: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2016;6(6):e011384.

Benkhadra K, Alahdab F, Tamhane SU, McCoy RG, Prokop LJ, Murad MH. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion versus multiple daily injections in individuals with type 1 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Endocrine. 2016 Aug 1.

Boehmer KR, Barakat S, Ahn S, Prokop LJ, Erwin PJ, Murad MH. Health coaching interventions for persons with chronic conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Syst Rev. 2016 Sep 1;5(1):146.

Brewer JD, Gonzalez AB, Baum CL, Arpey CJ, Roenigk RK, Otley CC, Erwin PJ. Comparison of Sterile vs Nonsterile Gloves in Cutaneous Surgery and Common Outpatient Dental Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatology. 2016 Aug 3.

Cintron D, Rodriguez-Gutierrez R, Serrano V, Latortue-Albino P, Erwin PJ, Murad MH. Effect of estrogen replacement therapy on bone and cardiovascular outcomes in women with turner syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Endocrine. 2016 Jul 29;

Cintron D, Lipford M, Larrea-Mantilla L, Spencer-Bonilla G, Lloyd R, Gionfriddo MR, Gunjal S, Farrell AM, Miller VM, Murad MH. Efficacy of menopausal hormone therapy on sleep quality: systematic review and meta-analysis. Endocrine. 2016 Aug 11.

Eckert R, Huberty J, Gowin K, Mesa R, Marks L. Physical Activity as a Nonpharmacological Symptom Management Approach in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms: Recommendations for Future Research. Integr Cancer Ther. 2016 Jul 24.

Ellsworth MA, Dziadzko M, O’Horo JC, Farrell AM, Zhang J, Herasevich V. An appraisal of published usability evaluations of electronic health records via systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Apr 23.

Heaton HA, Castaneda-Guarderas A, Trotter ER, Erwin PJ, Bellolio MF. Effect of scribes on patient throughput, revenue, and patient and provider satisfaction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of  Emergency Medicine. 2016 Jul 28.

Hunt Cl, Nassr A, van Wijnen AJ, Larson AN, Eldrige JS, Mauck WD, Pingree MJ, Erwin PJ, Bydon M, Qu W. Current understanding of safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for discogenic pain: a systematic review of human studies. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2016.

Khera R, Murad MH, Chandar AK, Dulai PS, Wang Z, Prokop LJ, Loomba R, Camilleri M, Singh S. Association of Pharmacological Treatments for Obesity With Weight Loss and Adverse Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2016 Jun 14;315(22):2424-34.

Nelson AD, Camilleri M, Chirapongsathorn S, Vijayvargiya P, Valentin N, Shin A, Erwin PJ, Wang Z, Murad MH. Comparison of efficacy of pharmacological treatments for chronic idiopathic constipation: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Gut. 2016 Jun 10.

Parsaik AK, Mascarenhas SS, Hashmi A, Prokop LJ, John V, Okusaga O, Singh B. Role of Botulinum Toxin in Depression. J Psychiatr Pract. 2016 Mar;22(2):99-110.

Rajjo T, Almasri J, Al Nofal A, Farah W, Alsawas M, Ahmed A, Mohammed K, Kanwar A, Asi N, Wang Z, Prokop LJ, Murad MH. The Association of Weight Loss with Cardiometabolic Outcomes in Obese Children: Systematic Review and Meta-regression. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Sep.

Shazly SA, Laughlin-Tommaso SK, Breitkopf DM, Hopkins MR, Burnett TL, Green IC, Farrell AM, Murad MH, Famuyide AO. Hysteroscopic Morcellation Versus Resection for the Treatment of Uterine Cavitary Lesions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2016 Sep-Oct;23(6):867-77.

Singh B, Hughes AJ, Mehta G, Erwin PJ, Parsaik AK. Efficacy of Prazosin in posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders 2016; 18(4):16r01943.

Visscher DW, Frost MH, Hartmann LC, Frank RD, Vierkant RA, McCullough AE, Winham SJ, Vachon CM, Ghosh K, Brandt KR, Farrell AM, Tarabishy Y, Hieken TJ, Haddad TC, Kraft RA, Radisky DC, Degnim AC. Clinicopathologic features of breast cancers that develop in women with previous benign breast disease. Cancer. 2016 Feb 1;122(3):378-85.

Yadav H, Peters SG, Keogh KA, Hogan WJ, Erwin PJ, West CP, Kennedy CC. Azithromycin for the Treatment of Obliterative Bronchiolitis Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Biology of Blood Marrow Transplantation. 2016 Aug 26.

Zaid HB, Parker WP, Safdar NS, Gershman B, Erwin PJ, Murad MH, Boorjian SA, Costello BA, Thompson RH, Leibovich BC. Outcomes following complete surgical metastasectomy for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Urology. 2016 Jul 26.

Publications with Library Staff Contributions Acknowledged

Wright-Peterson, Virgina M. Women of Mayo Clinic, The Founding Generation.
Dawn Littleton, Renee Ziemer, and the staff of the Mayo Clinic Historical Unit are all acknowledge for their contributions by the author.

Robbins MS, Starling AJ, Pringsheim TM, Becker WJ, Schwedt TJ. Treatment of Cluster Headache: The American Headache Society Evidence-Based Guidelines. Headache. 2016 Jul;56(7):1093-106.  Acknowledgments: We thank Lisa Marks, MLS,AHIP, for her assistance with developing and conducting the literature search”

Paper and Poster Presentations by Library Staff

Brigham TJ, Rethlefsen ML, Farrell AM, Osterhaus Trzasko LC. Librarian Use and Advocacy of Author Tools to Determine Research Impact. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2016, 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, 8th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the 7th International Clinical Librarian Conference; Toronto, ON

Farrell AM,Brigham TJ, Marks LA, Golden AK,Osterhaus Trzasko LC, Schram J, Almader-Douglas D, Bongiorno CM, Hoy M. Building the Big Picture: Creating a Systematic Review Process Across a Multi-Site, Multi-Library System. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2016, 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, 8th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the 7th International Clinical Librarian Conference; Toronto, ON

Marks L, Alamder-Douglas D, Rogers D. Drop in Fridays: Literature Searching for All. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2016, 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, 8th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the 7th International Clinical Librarian Conference; Toronto, ON

Marks L, Attwood C, Pettenati N, Almader-Douglas D. iPads® for Patients: Sharing Authoritative Health Care Resources. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2016, 12th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, 8th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the 7th International Clinical Librarian Conference; Toronto, ON

To see other publications by library staff, visit the Mayo authors database. (available only on-campus)


September 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Comments & Kudos 2012

A well-deserved “Pat on the Back” for Library Services — Selected comments received during 2012 (more…)

January 31, 2013 at 11:03 am

Comments & Kudos

Hospital Library –Arizona

• “Thank you for your immense help with a literature search on cancer pain management in the hospital setting. I finished my retrospective review, gave 4 presentations, and we are finishing up an article to submit to a few journals. Thank you for your integral part in the project!”

Clinic Library –Arizona

• “As always, thank you for your amazingly prompt help in getting the articles I requested. You folks in the library have been among the best parts of working at Mayo for the 15 years that I’ve been here.”

Venables Library

• “I think there are several possibilities in the references you sent. You are a great help!”
• “You are a research queen!”

Health Resource Library –Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato

• “I just wanted to send you a little note of thanks for taking care of my BLS book dilemma last week. It was so very reassuring to me to hear your cheerful message taking away any concerns I had about picking up my book. It worked out great and I thank you!”
• “You are just amazing!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!”

Saint Marys Hospital Library and Knowledge Services

• “Just a huge thank you for all the articles you forwarded my way. This was a tremendous help! As always, you make going back to school just a little less painful! Thanks for the tremendous service you provide!”

Plummer Library

• “Thanks for your promptness!!!”
• “THANK YOU Wow! You guys are awesome!”

Celsus Feedback (Triage)

• “I’m not sure if anyone has ever told you this (I’m sure they have) but I want to tell you again! You guys are amazing! Thanks for all the information and in such a quick turn around! You are one of the best resources we have here at Mayo! Many thanks!!!”

October 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Comments and Kudos

Plummer Library

  •  “I want to tell you all how much I appreciate the work you do for us.  It truly helps me be a better learner and therefore a better physician.  The help we receive from the library is beyond anything I have ever experienced.”
  • “All of you are wonderful and life-savers in how quickly you get the job done!” 

 Arizona – Patient and Health Education Library

  •  “I received the information that you sent and found it very extensive.  After reading several of the articles, I have a much clearer picture and understanding of the subject.”

Learning Resource Center

  •  “You have the perfect timing. I was just about to write to you and thank you for the introductions to the PubMed and Mayo Library resources. I feel much more empowered and have been using the clipboard! I have also been using the Mayo link for PubMed. It does get me more papers directly but it creates a subwindow due to the bridging. I am trying to find ways to minimize other things so I can read off a screen. In either case, thanks again for your time and I really learned a lot from it.”

Saint Mary’s Hospital Library and Knowledge Services

  •  “Thank you so much! You all do such a wonderful job (and after the library tour and meeting a few of the librarians, it is the second best thing to being there in Rochester).  Thanks again for stellar service–always friendly and professional!”
  • “Just wanted to thank you for doing the research of finding me so many great articles on…!  You literally saved me hours of work, and now I can get my papers done.  Thank you thank you thank you.”

August 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

Comments & Kudos

Franciscan Skemp Health Science Library

  • Your expertise, resources, and staff have helped to make this paper a truly unique learning experience. Thank you for you time, effort, and extremely credible knowledge base!”

Luther Midelfort Library & AV Services

  • “Thank you for allowing students and members of the public to use the library. The access to so many journals is certainly appreciated.”

Immanuel St. Joseph’s Health Resource Library

  • “Thanks again for your help with this! You are a valuable support to our patient care staff!”

Colonial Library Current Awareness Service

  • “I have been going through my emails and want you to know that this site is wonderful! Thank you! It is so easy to use to look up and research topics and information. Thank you for sending this site! Has this been publicized yet? If so can I send to the neurology nurses?”

Plummer Library

  • “This level of quick turnaround is really valuable to researchers like myself and is greatly appreciated.”

Saint Mary’s Hospital Library and Knowledge Services

  • “Wow. I am totally amazed! Thank you so much. It is much appreciated. I am awed at your amazing talent.”

Our Librarians

  • “How did I know you are the most resourceful librarian I have ever met…and will ever!! We miss you very much….and wish you the very best!!” (To Ann Farrell)
  •  “Ah, you are so WONDERFUL! This was perfect. I had missed so much on my own feeble search. You deserve cookies or something!” (To Melissa Rethlefsen)

April 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Comments & Kudos

Saint Mary’s Hospital Staff Library:

  •  “You all do such a great job for us…I’m just appreciative that we have such a service and resources available to us at Mayo.”
  • “By the way, you are a large part of the reason I was able to complete my MSN in three years instead of 20….your research abilities are awesome!”
  • “Thank you!  I have had great success with your services in the past and wanted to enlist your savvy skills!”

 Jacksonville Libraries 

  • “I appreciate your even listening to my request and then responding with such good suggestions. Our son in law is thankfully at home and facing the life style changes addressed by these authors. Is there anything I can do to further express our appreciation to Mayo or your library/education division? My only direct contact with Mayo was a visit to the Jacksonville campus to accompany an elderly client for tests and evaluation.  What an incredible organization of individuals!  I go to your website for any medical question.”

 Arizona – Patient & Health Education Library

  •  “I just want you to know how impressed I was this morning when I went into the patient library to ask about getting some information for my friend.  You immediately started collecting information and within ten minutes was at my desk with a pile of information.  It brought tears to my eyes.  Talk about wonderful customer service!  I cannot thank you enough”
  • “Thanks so much for all the information that you sent me.  I have read every word and feel much more informed for our next visit.  You were truly a treasure!”

 Learning Resource Center 

  •  “Your search was very helpful.  Thank you.”
  • “Thanks so much for taking time to meet with me and answering all my questions. The information will be useful to me as I discuss internet use with patients.”

 Plummer Library

  •  “Thanks again!!! I greatly appreciate how quickly you got this done.”
  • “Thank you, thank you… you just made my whole weekend… Working with you is a great experience. You helped me a lot. You cannot even imagine how confused I was with all this.  Now, I feel confident and happy, thanks to you.”
  • “Many thanks. Appreciate the superb service.” 

Methodist Hospital Patients’ Library

  •  An acknowledgement from A History of Horror, a 2010 book about horror films, by Wheeler Winston Dixon:  “Two research trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, were invaluable for gathering information to create this manuscript; my long conversations with Father David Byrne on the theological aspects of the horror film, especially in the case of Terence Fisher, were most illuminating, and Deborah Fuehrer, of the Mayo Foundation Library, was also extremely helpful in locating reference materials in this regard.”

November 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Comments and Kudos

Venables Library:

  • “The staff members are extremely willing to help find a book, journal or help with a literature search. I appreciate all that they do.”
  • “The staff is great!! Super knowledgeable and helpful.”
  • “You do a great job! Keep up the wonderful work that you do!”

Learning Resource Center:

  • “Thanks so much! This is great and will give me a great start in figuring out what I want to do with my project. I appreciate all your help.”
  • “Thanks! You rock, as always!”
  • “THANK YOU!!!!! You do such good work!!!”

Colonial Library Services:

  • “Thanks so much. This [Current Awareness Service] is a wonderful service that I really appreciate.”
  • “Just a quick note of thanks for your help with this. I really appreciate what you have done here, and wish you could know just how much help it really is.”

Plummer Library:

  • “Thanks again….as always – we sincerely appreciate your efforts. The library information – tour is an area the students always comment on as being the most helpful.”

Plummer Library Circulation Department:

  • “I really appreciate your kind help. Thank you very much for your prompt assistance.”
  • “Thank you very much for the article. It really helped me in finishing my manuscript.”
  • “I know it may be ‘your job’ to help us find articles, but I can’t begin to tell you how much I truly appreciate all of your help. The work you do helps me in my patient care and in my education which hopefully serves many more patients in the future. I hope you are well recognized for all the important work you do!! Thank you again for all your efforts.”

August 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm 1 comment